Bringing a Still-Life to Life

Throughout the course of the school year, different groups of children have had opportunities to do still-life drawings. A still-life typically consist of inanimate objects that are commonplace to an environment. Objects are often grouped together, not to be moved, as the processes of quality still-life drawing are often drawn (no-pun) out over multiple sessions. In addition, an artist may want to revisit the still-life from a different angle or use a different light-source for additional drawings. As understandings of how a still-life should be handled grew, I decided to set a new one up and ask the children if they could take it in another direction! It was basically a unanimous decision to use paint (shocker)… and so we did! We applied paint using traditional methods (brushes, fingers, etc.), Pollock splattering, and predominantly by using the “tall-painting” method. This requires the use of more liquefied acrylic paints that are poured on top of each other until they run down an object. The paints stack on top of one another without mixing, making for beautiful works that are always original. While painting in this fashion, a movement not typically associated with still-life work is added. We brought the still-life to life!

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